A History of St Nicholas Church is available, written by the late Tony Kelly. More interesting than your average church history and guide! it’s full of incident and anecdote, as well as information. You can buy a copy for £4 at the back of church.
This ancient parish church has been cared for and altered through the centuries. It has ‘grown with the growth of the community to which it belonged … changed with its changes’, and so it is ‘a village church in its true sense, its stones and timber a living part of the life about it’. (G.N.Clark, Marston Church, 1930)
|1122||King Henry I granted the chapel of Marston to the Austin canons of St Frideswide’s Priory, the most important monastery in Oxford|
|Late 12th century||Central part of church built of Headington stone: Chancel arch and seven arches of the nave. South door.|
|15th century||Tower built; aisles widened; roof raised and clerestory built. East window.|
|16th century||South aisle rebuilt; south porch repaired.|
|1883||Major restoration. Gallery at west end removed; tower arch opened up; new floor laid; new chancel roof.|
|1956||Exterior of church restored and tower strengthened.|
|1962||Gallery at west end restored.|
|1965||Chapel in south aisle dedicated.|
|1966||Most of roof re-leaded.|
|1977||New vestry added on north side.|
|1989||Restoration of murals above chancel arch.|
|2006||Extension of vestry.|
On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will never prevail against it.